There’s something magical about having a floor one can safely walk on with bare feet, after many months of fear of extreme bodily harm, including–but not limited to–tetanus, splinters, impaling ourselves on various fasteners, or even falling through said floor. It also seemed fitting that two wine lovers like ourselves would pick cork as our floor of choice.
Today our sustainable cork floor tiles from Lumber Liquidators were laid on our plywood subfloor. It was the first project in the Airstream that we let someone else do without us being present (gasp!), and relinquishing that bit of control was equal parts terrifying and gratifying. This thing really has become like a child to us now that we’ve invested a full 9 months into it! Letting someone else do work on it was a new experience that I’m sure is akin to sending your kid off to school for the first time.
We were fortunate to have found a pair of extremely skilled hands, in the form of a local hardwood and tile installer. Our entire floor was installed several times faster than we could have ever done it ourselves. There’s something to be said for outsourcing some tasks.
Two days ago we also finished installation of our interior walls, and painted them with two coats of heavy-duty primer that covered the many stains and scars from 50 years of use and neglect. It’s amazing what a coat of fresh paint will do to make an old Airstream look new again.
After our floor dries in a day or two, we’ll be back for more: painting the interior a light gray, then starting to install the thin wood that will form the interior end walls of the trailer. We’ll also be busy installing our water heater and furnace, then framing out some cabinets, a sofa, and a bed, so we can start to work our bathroom, sinks and fresh water system! It’s starting to feel very real that the Airstream may be habitable soon!